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Gail Escolme joined HWK in 2004 as a specialist Employment lawyer. Gail’s detailed knowledge across a range of employment matters, acting for both employers and employees has recently been acknowledged in the Legal 500, the comprehensive resource for legal professionals. Gail is only too aware of the minefield that Employment Law has become and aims to build relationships with her clients, working together on a day to day basis in dealing with the employment aspects of their business, thinking practically and commercially to deliver solutions. Gail's blog will keep us up-to-date on current issues in employment law...
Posted at 11:19am Thursday 22nd May 2008
An agreement announced yesterday by the Government will remove much of the flexibility gained by using agency workers from British business.
Posted at 11:13am Thursday 1st May 2008
Posted at 8:37am Monday 14th April 2008
The Border and Immigration Agency have now issued details of the application process for employers wishing to apply for a license to employ foreign workers under the new points based system, which replaces the existing work permit system.
Posted at 2:40pm Friday 14th March 2008
Posted at 9:31am Tuesday 4th March 2008
Yet again hospital workers have been caught sending obscene e-mails to each other and so far 13 have been sacked, 28 have been disciplined and 10 are still to be dealt with.
Posted at 3:33pm Wednesday 23rd January 2008
The Samaritans have released a survey showing that one in four people have suffered workplace bullying.
Posted at 3:50pm Tuesday 8th January 2008
Posted at 11:22am Tuesday 18th December 2007
Whilst it is barely believable that we are facing Christmas again already, the usual problems are likely to crop up around the Christmas period, namely too much alcohol and festive related unauthorised absence.
Posted at 10:58am Friday 7th December 2007
Posted at 11:30am Monday 19th November 2007
Twenty year old Megan Thomas has won a claim of unfair dismissal on the grounds of her age.
Posted at 12:19pm Friday 9th November 2007
A London park worker with learning difficulties has been awarded £550,000 in compensation for disability discrimination. It was found he was unfairly dismissed by his employer when it was found that they discriminated against him in the way they selected personnel for redundancy.
Posted at 1:49pm Monday 29th October 2007
Lawyers have always advised employers that if they did not want their employees to rely on a provision they should make it a policy rather than a contractual right.
Posted at 10:22am Thursday 20th September 2007
Have you heard the one about the 72 year old who was refused the sale of 2 bottles of wine because he would not confirm he was over 21?
Posted at 11:33am Friday 7th September 2007
E-mails are circulating purportedly from the tax man (HMRC) asking for financial information.
Posted at 11:05am Wednesday 15th August 2007
We must have all dreamed of a big win on the lottery and postal worker, Angela Kelly certainly had a BIG win - £35 million.
Posted at 11:12am Tuesday 14th August 2007
I can only think that too many people have been watching Alan Sugar at work.
Posted at 8:30am Thursday 2nd August 2007
Posted at 10:38am Thursday 26th July 2007
Most employers and employees are unaware that if an employee wanted to bring a claim against their employer in the Employment Tribunal, the employee may have legal expenses cover on their homes contents insurance to cover the cost of the claim.
Posted at 1:43pm Tuesday 24th July 2007
We have all worked with at least one moody person. We may have been one ourselves!!!
Posted at 3:51pm Wednesday 11th July 2007
Having just returned from my holiday I thought it was a good time to deal with a couple of holiday pointers as follows:-
Posted at 4:16pm Monday 11th June 2007
Reading about the launch of Astute at Barrow last week made me realise that we still have much to be proud of in the country, not least our workers.
Posted at 3:28pm Friday 18th May 2007
Recent case law has confirmed that an employer who does not pay any employee who does not work on a bank holiday, regardless of whether they are full time or part time, is not treating the part time worker less favourably.
Posted at 1:40pm Friday 4th May 2007
Posted at 2:17pm Friday 27th April 2007
Incredibly this is the advice on the official Smokefree England website should any employee who is told to stub out their cigarette following the ban on 1 July become violent.
Posted at 11:22am Monday 23rd April 2007
Ronaldo was rewarded not once but twice last night for his achievements on the football pitch.
Posted at 2:48pm Friday 30th March 2007
The Government has commissioned an independent review of the statutory dispute resolution procedures, (disciplinary and grievance procedures to you and me). Surprise surprise – the recommendation from Michael Gibbons, who undertook the review, is for the “complete repeal of the statutory dispute procedures set out in the 2004 Dispute Resolution Regulations”.
Posted at 9:19am Tuesday 27th March 2007
Congratulations to Impact Development Training Group for their employment award.
Posted at 9:33am Tuesday 13th March 2007
The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is set to rise from 1 October 2007 as follows:-
Posted at 2:32pm Tuesday 27th February 2007
I have talked to several people recently who have bought businesses where a TUPE transfer applies. Unfortunately these people have not taken legal advice before signing on the dotted line and have now inherited the staff with all their rights and liabilities intact. TUPE.
Posted at 2:03pm Monday 26th February 2007
Given the amount of time the average person spends at work, it is inevitable that relationships will form between colleagues. Whilst on the face of it there seems nothing wrong with this, in reality it can turn the whole office upside down if and when that relationship flounders. Furthermore it is likely that the working relationship between those people involved will become strained if not impossible.